NAC Women's Lacrosse Weekly Honors (Week Ending March 19)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tori Cooper, Maine Maritime
(Sr., M - Saco, Maine)
Cooper helped lead the Mariners to a 20-7 conference win over Lyndon, which produced the Mariners' largest margin of victory in program history. The senior broke the Maine Maritime single-game record for goals scored, as she tallied six goals, including a perfect 3-of-3 on free position attempts. Cooper also scooped up four ground balls, recorded two draw controls and caused one turnover.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sierra James, Maine Maritime
(So., G - Campton, N.H.)
James helped lead the Mariners to the program's biggest margin of victory in a 20-7 win over Lyndon. The keeper made seven stops, scooped up four ground balls and caused two turnovers in the win. The sophomore now improves to 2-0 on the season.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Shelby O'Neil, Maine Maritime
(Jr., M - Bar Harbor, Maine)
O'Neil, in just her second collegiate lacrosse game, netted five goals and earned one assist for six points in a 20-7 win over Lyndon. The rookie also tallied four draw controls, four ground balls and three caused turnovers.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton saw last week's snowstorm wipe out the team's three-game homestand. The Spartans are scheduled to host Tufts Wednesday before road games at Southern Maine Friday and at Maine Maritime Saturday.
Colby-Sawyer had all scheduled games last week become postponed. The team will hope to resume action on Wednesday with a home and conference opener against Green Mountain before traveling to Norwich on Thursday. Colby-Sawyer will conclude the week with another home NAC game against UMF on Saturday.
UMaine-Farmington was idle as games against Castleton and Becker were postponed. The Beavers will take on Southern Maine on Tuesday and open conference play against Colby-Sawyer on Saturday.
Green Mountain opened its 2017 schedule with a non-conference loss to MCLA on Saturday. The Eagles' youthful lineup demonstrated some flashes of potential, but ultimately fell to the Trailblazers 21-3. GMC is schedule to play in three games this week with games against Norwich, Bay Path and Husson.
Husson was idle as its game with Johnson State was postponed. The Eagles have three games this week, as they take on Saint Joseph's (Maine) on Monday, Green Mountain on Saturday and Southern Maine on Sunday.
Johnson State was idle this week and will travel to New England College for the teams first conference game of the season on Wednesday.
Lyndon kicked off conference play this week going 0-1 after a tough 20-7 loss against Maine Maritime. Mikayla Hodge and Carmen Mears led the Hornets with three goals each. Hodge also led the team with a game-high of 10 draw controls and scooped up three ground balls. The Hornets travel to Thomas to continue conference play on Wednesday, March 22.
Maine Maritime defeated Lyndon 20-7 on Saturday in the NAC opener for both teams. In the victory, senior Tori Cooper broke the single-game record for goals, tallying six goals. The Mariners return to action on Saturday when they host Castleton for a NAC matchup before hosting Mt. St. Vincent on Sunday for a non-conference battle.
New England College was idle this past week. The Pilgrims will take on Johnson State, Wentworth and Thomas this week.
Thomas traveled to Portland on Monday and fell to the University of Southern Maine, 20-2. The Terriers host their first conference game on Wednesday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m. in a conference matchup against Lyndon.